Northwoods Nursery
28696 S Cramer Rd.
Molalla, OR 97038
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $45,000 To $80,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description
Horticulturist Location: Molalla, Oregon

About Northwoods Nursery

Since it’s founding in 1979, Northwoods Nursery has become a respected and valuable source of high quality, unique and unusual fruiting plants. It has pioneered innovative and ecologically friendly growing systems and has been recognized for it’s sustainability practices. The focus of Northwoods’ research and development work has been the introduction of disease-resistant and easy-to-grow fruiting plants well suited for home gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, a region not commonly served by fruit breeding efforts.

Northwoods Nursery is located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which, with its temperate climate and fertile soils, is home to a vibrant and extensive nursery industry, the third largest in the US. Northwoods ships its nursery stock to garden centers and other customers throughout the US and around the world.

Current research projects underway include finding Apricot varieties suitable for the Pacific Northwest, locating and evaluating superior cultivars of Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana), Persimmon, Jujube and Fig, and breeding and selecting cultivars of Sea Berry (Hippophae rhamnoides) with excellent fruit quality and compact form.

We at Northwoods are passionate about providing excellent customer service and the best nursery stock possible. We are dedicated to providing a healthy and rewarding work environment, one that encourages individual initiative and gaining experience and knowledge. For a dedicated plant person, there is hardly a more interesting and fulfilling place to work.

Overview of the Position

Job purpose:

As part of an innovative nursery production and research team, you will oversee the development and introduction of new fruiting varieties adapted to Pacific Northwest growing conditions.


Manage and execute research projects as assigned and prioritized.

Evaluate and document bloom time, fruit quality, yield, disease-resistance and other important horticultural characteristics.

Monitor and maintain plant collections, including pruning, fertilizing, controlling pests and diseases, watering, and labeling.

Maintain optimum growing environments, including irrigation scheduling and operation, heating and cooling, and IPM strategies.

Train and supervise research assistants as needed.
Regularly communicate observations, results and concerns to research supervisor.

Promote the research goals and mission of Northwoods Nursery to customers, nursery and plant professionals, and the general public.

Ensure the protection of Northwoods Nursery’s varieties and confidential information. Assist nursery production staff as needed.



B.S. in horticulture or related field
Research experience in horticulture or agriculture

Minimum 2 years work experience in horticulture or agriculture

Knowledge of production horticulture and/or agriculture

Experience maintaining indoor and outdoor growing environments

Evidence of continuous professional development A valid driver’s license


Post graduate degree in horticulture or related field Published research in horticulture or agriculture

Work experience in production horticulture and/or agriculture

Fluent in Spanish


Excellent verbal and written skills and the ability to work and communicate effectively with other nursery staff, vendors, researchers and customers.

Willingness and desire to accept new ideas and learn new skills and growing techniques.

Demonstrated aptitude for detailed and accurate data acquisition and recording.


Demonstrated time management and organizational skills, including the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


Ability to use IT and other technologies to communicate and deliver information.
Ability to problem solve and suggest effective solutions.



Owner/CEO Owner/General Manager Horticulturist

Salary & benefits:

The starting salary for this position begins at $45,000 and is commensurate with experience and education. Northwoods Nursery offers paid vacation and holidays, generous medical and dental insurance, paid continuing education and other employee benefits, including discounts for plant purchases and on-site garden plots.

How to apply:
Submit cover letter and resume to Jim Gilbert <jim@northwoodsnursery.com> Application deadline is May 15, 2019.

Job Requirements
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